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The Dining Room and Terrace

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800 Alvarado Pl, El Encanto, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-2176 (Lasuen)
+1 805-845-5800
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Clearwater, Florida
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222 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We chose the Dining Room at El Encanto for our wedding reception dinner. Because of our party size (13 people), we requested the Wine Room - one of their private room options - which was absolutely wonderful. It allowed our group to chat in a quieter setting than the main dining areas (and not disturb other guests). We worked with... More 

Thank CAK314
Orange County, California
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102 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful, elegant and prestigeous hotel's restaurant, highly-acclaimed and popular, offering beautiful views in a lush hilltop setting. What could possibly go wrong? Well, here are a few: 1) Cold, foggy and windy outdoor dining terrace. Nice outdoor radiant heaters, however only one in three were functional. Staff kindly moved heaters around in a game resembling life-sized chess for about a... More 

1 Thank Snosearch
Los Angeles
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151 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The wide terrace allows great views looking over Santa Barbara out to the sea. The sunset time and the direction of your seats is important. We enjoyed the baby lettuce salad as a starter and shared the black cod for an entire. Both were fabulous. We were there on a windy night but it was still comfortable. Will be back... More 

Thank dziran
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We absolutely loved dinner here. The food was fresh, the choice was good and the service was attentive. We would thoroughly recommend this restaurant. We tried the lime pie donuts for dessert - which sounded a little unusual - but they did not disappoint! The view is fabulous and they have a good whiskey and digestifs menu if you want... More 

Thank Dani F
Dallas, Texas
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful location. We had dinner with friends on the terrace. Our table was ready, but we had to ask to be seated after waiting about 10 minutes. The dinner service was terrible--some ordered items never arrived; we had a party of 8 and the entrees did not come out together--we waited five minutes for our party to be fully served.... More 

Thank johnthoeft
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2 reviews
Reviewed February 15, 2017

I read other reviews encouraging sitting outside, and I'm so glad I did. While I arrived a bit after the sun had set, the view from the patio was breathtaking. I had the salmon and it was delicious. This is a must visit during your stay in the area!

Thank Kathleen G
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 29, 2017 via mobile

Lovely dinner at El Encanto. Both the ceaser and kale salads were delicious. We both enjoyed a special main which featured grilled ribeye, scallops and fresh veggies. Wine and service were very good. The only downside was that we were seated on a couch and dining table, which for us was very uncomfortable as there was insufficient back support and... More 

Thank Stephanie M
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2017

The food was all very creative, tons of options and delicious!! The Nutella French Toast was my favorite, however I did find out where they purchased their tea (Art of Tea) because I couldn't get enough of it. The servers were all so friendly and knowledgeable. A dining treat!

Thank JenCasselli
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed December 21, 2016

We had a wonderful time at Sunday brunch. The ambiance was awesome, the service was impeccable and the food was divine. The family style first course was not only beautiful but tasty. I had the chicken and waffles and thought they were delish! I also enjoyed the dessert buffet. The bread pudding was recommended by our waitress and it did... More 

Thank M'Leta W
Santa Barbara, California
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed December 9, 2016

The view from the El Encanto terrace is one of the most beautiful views in Santa Barbara. My friend and I wanted a dish that was no longer being offered, but the extraordinary staff had the chef make it for us. It was as delicious as anticipated. We will be returning often.

Thank jcsmsb

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$31 - $50
American, International
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Private Dining, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Scenic view
Open Hours
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 800 Alvarado Pl, El Encanto, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-2176
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-845-5800

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?